Tuesday, March 07, 2006


Labour urges probe into suspect's death

The suspect was brought to this hospital I was shocked to hear that one of the five people arrested in Co Kildare in connection with the horrific murder of Dublin mother-of-one Donna Cleary in Coolock two days ago, has died this morning whilst in Garda custody.

The Labour Party has called for an independent investigation into the death.

A Chief Superintendent has been appointed to investigate his death however Labour TD Joe Costello has said that this is not sufficient and that the matter should be handed over to the new Garda Ombudsman Commission.

Three of the five were taken to Santry Garda Station but the deceased man along with another man was brought to Coolock.

Gardaí say he complained of headaches and being unwell a number of times throughout the day yesterday and was seen and treated by a doctor three times.

He felt unwell again at around 9pm last night and was taken to Beaumont Hospital where he was treated and released back into garda custody.

However at around 3am an ambulance was called to Coolock and the young man was taken back to Beaumont Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3.15am.

Three men and one woman are still being questioned in connection with the murder.

Ms Cleary, who was 22, was shot dead when three men opened fire on a house at Adare Green in Coolock after being refused entry to a birthday party.

This is certainly a very puzzling situation. The murder of Ms Cleary was disgraceful but questions need to be asked about how and why this suspect died whilst in the hands of the police.

I would agree with Joe Costello that an independent investigation into the death is warranted.


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